Glory of God Prayer Group, St. Cecilia Parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana - Let Your Light Shine

Saint of the Day

False words

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates

Perfect moderation

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Saint Augustine

He that is evil is a slave

He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king. Saint Augustine

Concerns of animal life

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain. Saint Augustine

Education without values

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C. S. Lewis

The cause makes the martyr

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr. Saint Augustine

Fear vs reverence

Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence. Socrates

Two kinds of people

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.' C. S. Lewis

Man cannot diminish God's glory

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. C. S. Lewis

Feed the poor

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother Teresa

Beginning of peace

Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa

Importance of Christianity

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. C. S. Lewis

There is God

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is. Albert Camus

God is happiness and peace

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C. S. Lewis

Make me an instrument of thy peace

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Francis of Assisi

A simple smile

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

Faith

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. Saint Augustine

Humility

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less. C. S. Lewis

Belief in Christianity

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis

All things unholy

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. Francis of Assisi

Teacher: Felix Dordaa Mahama
Text: Judith 5:17-21

What if I were God? Would I be able to forgive the many wrongs that people do, even after they confess?

When I examine my own thoughts and emotions and when I listen to contributions to the Friday morning toaster programme, I wonder what would happen to us if God were a human; He is so full of mercy and compassion, sometimes I wonder if I were God I would be able to forgive some of the things that the Israelites did, and some of which we repeat today, even though I am also a victim.

Imagine what David did, he slept with Uriah’s wife; had him killed, and married his wife. I wonder how many of us here can forgive such crimes against our fellow human beings. Yet God forgave David. And now with the sacrifice of his own son for our salvation, He no longer covers our sins, but washes them away to remember them no more, that is if only we would go to Him in confession. God has given us the opportunity to come to Him in the sacrament of reconciliation. Again, He has given us the opportunity to forgive as He forgives. But to be able to go to Him in the sacrament of reconciliation or to forgive as He forgives, we need to seek the grace, for the Bible says, “For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock.” Matthew 7:8. The love of God for man is so great.

Matthew 7:7

There was a time in my life when I had sins I knew I had to confess. Even with that knowledge, it was hard for me to go to confession, because I felt shy going to the priest to confess my sins. This was in spite of the fact that I had been to confession several times before. However, knowing how important it was for me to go to confession, I sought the face of the Lord. Every evening when I took some time off to pray in the church after prayer meeting, I would put this matter before the Lord. I told the Lord frankly that I knew I needed to go to confession but that I felt shy and needed Him to help me to go. One evening while I was in the church praying my rosary, all the shyness that I had felt just vanished and got replaced by a very strong urge to go to confession. By this time it was around 9pm. I left the church immediately and went to the parish, found a priest and made the confession. What a relieve I felt! I felt the love of God.

The mercy of God is abundant

To illustrate how important it is to confess our sins immediately, I will give you a certain woman’s story (real story). There was a lady who was a very devoted Christian. However, she was living with an aunt who was a witch. The prayers of the lady used to disrupt the activities of the aunt and her colleague witches. The aunt was looking for every possible means to kill the lady but could not succeed because she was protected by the Lord through her devotion. The aunt discussed with her fellow witches and they agreed that the only way they could get to the lady was to get her to sleep with her boyfriend (the lady had a boyfriend but was still a virgin). They influenced the boyfriend to pressure her into having sex. They monitored the situation until the day that the lady had sex with the boyfriend. They then immediately mastered their forces and went to attack the lady. But when they got there, they saw that the lady was covered by the Holy Ghost fire because the lady was already on her knees confessing to God in tears for her sin.

Do not take the mercy and love of God for granted

And yet mercy and anger alike are of the Lord (Read Sirach 5:4-7). Because the Lord deals patiently with us, we sometimes take His mercy for granted. When we sin, the Lord is ready to forgive and receive us, just like the father was ready to receive the prodigal son – Luke 15:11-32. However, when we postpone our confession, we get the consequences of our postponement. Just like in the case of the Israelites, when we are in the good books of our God through faithfulness to Him, we are invincible. But when we sin and refuse to confess immediately, we open up the chance for our enemies to attack us and “we suffer heavy losses in many wars and are finally taken captive to foreign countries.”

Don't be complacent

One common area where we become complacent is when the Lord is blessing us, when we are prospering and everything is going on well with us. We begin to wonder whether what is happening to us is not by accident, especially when others who are notably ungodly are also prospering, or even prospering more than we are doing. We begin to wonder whether we really need all those rigorous religions practices in our lives. We begin to fool around. This is when the wrath of God descends heavily upon us. (Read 1 Kings 10:14-11:8; 1 Kings 11:9,11)

 

Knowing the God you serve: God will forg…

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My prayer for you

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The 7 UPs

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My soul belongs to Yahweh

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Marriage Software

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The unconditional love of Jesus Christ w…

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The different world of blurred future of…

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Make your every matter the Lord's

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You need to pray

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In your presence: prayer

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Do miracles still happen in the Catholic…

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Pursue Your Strengths

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Who pushed me?

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Who has more followers: God or satan?

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When God decides: authority of God

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Respect dignities

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Short memory

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